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 Brian D. Bixby

Brian D. Bixby


Office Phone: 617.345.3360
Location: Boston, MA
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Bar Admissions:

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court


Mr. Bixby is a partner at Burns & Levinson and recently served as an Executive Committee member from 2012-2014. He concentrates his practice on all aspects of estate planning; fiduciary administration; probate court litigation: petitions, complaints, appeals, family law, guardianships, and conservatorships; and representation of individuals and major trust departments.

Mr. Bixby came to Burns & Levinson in 1996 from his former firm of Cuddy Bixby, where he directed the trusts and estates and family law practices. He previously specialized in those areas of law at Ropes & Gray.

Mr. Bixby has written and spoken extensively for the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., and the National Business Institute, Inc. Most recently he co-authored such publications as Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate Court, Estate Planning for Incapacitated Persons in the Probate Court, Problem Areas in Probate Planning and Administration, Litigating Will Contests and Accounts, and How to Handle a Will Contest. He has served on numerous committees and subcommittees of the American, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations, and lectures frequently throughout Massachusetts.


Additional Information:




  • 12/9/2016, National Law Journal - The National Law Journal Litigation Trailblazers: Brian D. Bixby
    Brian Bixby was featured in this interview by the National Law Journal.
  • 4/23/2015, The Boston Globe - Wrongful death suit against Aaron Hernandez to go forward
    Brian Bixby was quoted in this article by Maria Cramer.
  • 3/19/2012, MYOB Radio - Estate and Succession Planning
    Brian Bixby discussed estate and succession planning on MYOB Radio.
  • 6/14/2010, NECN - BP weighs massive compensation fund for Gulf businesses
    Brian Bixby was quoted on issues regarding a potential BP compensation fund.

Recent Articles and Publications:

Having an estate plan in place is the gift that keeps on giving
Boston Business Journal, December 27, 2013

Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate Court
MCLE, 2013
Editors: Peter Zupcofska and Lisa Cukier. Other Burns & Levinson contributing authors: Brian Bixby, Elizabeth Crowley, Lisa Cukier, Andrea Dunbar, Tiffany Howard, Robert O'Regan, Sharon Quinan, Susan Stenger and Peter Zupcofska.

Will Contests, Compromises, and Practical Steps to Avoid Litigation
Chapter in MCLE Massachusetts Probate Manual, 2012

The Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), 2012
Co-editor: Peter F. Zupcofska, et al. Other Burns & Levinson contributing authors: Ronald Barriere, Brian Bixby, Elizabeth Crowley, Lisa Cukier, Robin Lynch Nardone, Robert O'Regan, Susan Stenger, Nancy Van Tine and Peter Zupcofska.

Speaking Engagements:

Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court Presentation, 3.8.2017
Location: Wollaston Golf Club - 999 Randolph Ave, Milton, MA
Role: Presenter
Topic: Fiduciary Removal: When to Get the Broom

BEPC June Member Round Table Breakfast, 6.10.2014
Location: The Henderson House, 99 Westcliff Road, Weston, MA
Role: Moderator
Topic: Disinheriting Heirs or Advising Disinherited Heirs

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Program, 5.8.2014
Role: Panelist
Topic: Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate Court – Rebooted

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MCLE Program, 7.10.2013
Location: MCLE Conference Center
Role: Faculty Member
Topic: When Estate Planning & Divorce Collide

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